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Florida's Gov. Rick Scott Signs Warning Shot Bill

The original article in Florida's Tallahassee Democrat states that citizens of Florida who fire a warning shot or threaten to use a firearm by this law could avoid prosecution by the law signed Friday 6/20/14 by Governor Rick Scott.

This law is one of the most significant changes to the state's self defense law since the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.

This bill, HB89 called the "warning shot" bill was partially inspred by the case of Marissa Alexander, initially sentenced to 20 years in prison after firng a shot near her estranged husband during an altercation.

She stated that she fired in self defense but the judge rejected her use of the "stand your ground" law that allows someone to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.

On appeal the verdict was thrown out and Marissa is awaiting a new trial. Her attorneys have asked the judge to consider the new law in her case.

This law would allow someone to threaten to use force without falling under the state's "10-20-life" law. That 1999 law that requires anyone who shows a gun while committing certain felonies to be sentenced to 10 years in prison. If someone is shot and wounded, the sentence increases to 25 years to life.

Earlier articles

Warning Shot

Florida HR89 Warning Shot

Threatened Use of Force